Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and officials from 10 other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration. The lawsuit seeks to roll back long-established legal protections for transgender students and employees.
Transgender Law Center Executive Director Kris Hayashi said of the lawsuit: “Transgender youth should have a fair chance to go to school with their peers and transgender workers should be able to earn a living without being singled out for harassment and discrimination. This lawsuit is a shameful attempt by activist state officials to target and marginalize transgender people and take away their existing right to be free of discrimination.”
The lawsuit not only challenges guidance issued by the Departments of Justice and Education on transgender students, but also seeks to erase protections in every area of law for transgender people, including Title VII.
Transgender Law Center is currently representing a student in Wisconsin, Ash Whitaker, who was banned from using the boys’ bathroom at school. The Wisconsin Attorney General is one of the officials behind today’s lawsuit, which also includes officials in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.